Campaign 2010

May 30, 2013

Congressman Mike Coffman Raises Money from Brian Watson, Who Lost in 2012 over Tax Liens

Showing that he’ll say or do almost anything to win an election, Congressman Mike Coffman is scheduled to host a fundraiser today with R. Brian Watson, who just lost a bruising election in November following reports that multiple tax liens had been filed against him and his businesses over unpaid taxes.

“Congressman Mike Coffman decided to raise money from someone who lost an election after it was revealed there were multiple tax liens filed against him for hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid taxes,” said Brandon Lorenz of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Congressman Coffman’s decision to raise money from Brian Watson shows he’ll say or do almost anything to keep his job in Washington.”

View Watson’s tweet about hosting an event with Congressman Coffman HERE.

View the airplane banner flown in Colorado last fall urging Watson to pay his taxes HERE.

View Watson’s prior fundraiser for Congressman Coffman, with special guest Tom Tancredo, HERE.

BACKGROUND

Coffman Will Be Attending a Fundraiser Hosted by Alleged Tax Cheat, Brian Watson. In 2013, R. Brian Watson announced a fundraiser at his home for Mike Coffman’s Congressional campaign on May 30th. [Brian Watson Twitter Account, 5/14/13]

Watson Has Allegedly Failed to Pay $297,000 in Property Taxes. In 2012, Fox 31 reported that R. Brian Watson was accused of not paying $279,657 in property taxes on various properties, citing “IRS records showing nine tax liens pending against Watson.” [Fox 31, 9/25/12]

Coffman Accepted More Than $1,000 From Watson and Benefited from a Fundraiser Co-Hosted by Watson. In 2008, Coffman received $1,050 from R. Brian Watson. [Center for Responsive Politics, 10/31/08] 

  • ·         Special Guest at Coffman’s Fundraiser Was Tom Tancredo. In 2008, R. Brian Watson co-hosted a fundraiser for Mike Coffman’s Congressional campaign at the Denver Country Club that was headlined by Tom Tancredo. [PoliticalPartyTime.org, 10/20/08]